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The Sophienburg Museum and Archives: History and Tradition at Its Finest

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The Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels is a hidden gem of the Texas Hill Country. It’s situated in a historic and picturesque neighborhood overlooking the first colony established by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels in 1845 here in Texas – New Braunfels. The museum is considered one of the largest sources for the chronicled history of German immigration to the Lone Star State with an impressive collection of passenger manifests, images, immigration documents, and print media dating from 1852 to the present. Today, it’s also known as a source for authentic and unique German-style gifts and collector’s items as a result of Sophie’s Shop – the museum store – and events such as Weihnachtsmarkt make a trip to New Braunfels an annual tradition for shoppers of great taste!

The Sophienburg Museum and Archives: History and Tradition at Its Finest

Photo: Facebook/Sophienburg Museum and Archives

Pronounced “Vy-noks-markt,” this premier Christmas shopping event is an annual tradition in New Braunfels. It offers visitors the charm of the very same outdoor markets of Germany, in an indoor setting. Volunteers with the Sophienburg Museum and Archives coordinate this yearly event, with all sales proceeds from the café, Sophie’s Shop (the museum’s store), vendor fees, and admissions going toward the preservation work and history education services the museum offers. This unique market is a fun and vibrant three-day event featuring traditional German food fare, local vendors as well as imported merchandise, a variety of German artifacts for viewing, and a selection of curated, high-end giftware available at the booths. You won’t find any reproductions or knock-offs among the quality jewelry, collection pieces, décor, or traditional food! It doesn’t get more authentic than this, from the nutcrackers right down to the Stollen Christmas wreath bread.

The Sophienburg Museum and Archives: History and Tradition at Its Finest

Photo: Facebook/Sophienburg Museum and Archives

Happening November 16 through November 18 this year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, Weihnachtsmarkt is the crown jewel of the museum’s annual fundraising efforts. With more than 60 artisans and vendors displaying ornaments, apparel, and gift items of high-quality, this unique Hill Country event makes for a great family affair or girlfriends’ weekend getaway. The parking is free, and the time you can spend with your friends is priceless! Featuring items you’re unable to find elsewhere, this event gives its guests an experience in German culture and heritage unlike any other. The music, the gourmet soups and sandwiches, and the atmosphere also make for a charming venue at which to get a head-start on your Christmas shopping! Find more information on the Weihnachtsmarkt Facebook event page or contact the museum with any questions by calling 830-629-1572.

The Sophienburg Museum and Archives: History and Tradition at Its Finest
Photo: Facebook/Weihnachtsmarkt Star Party Charity Gala Via Sophienburg Museum and Archives

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